India is in a transition period across formats. Especially in the batting department, we could witness drastic changes in 2023. With the bowling, too, India might change its approach and hence, there could be some fresh names in the mix. Therefore, we could have some debutantes next year. Moreover, with the regular cricketers likely to focus on ODIs, the T20Is will have new names. On that note, here, in this article, we take a look at six Indians who could make their debut in 2023.
1) Shivam Mavi
Shivam Mavi has been selected for the Sri Lanka T20Is in January 2023. India could be looking to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mavi is an option.
Although Deepak Chahar is still the first player in line to replace Mavi, due to his recent injuries, Mavi could also get his share of chances. If Mavi does well in IPL 2023, he would further get chances to play for India.
2) Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar is one of the Indians who could make their International debut in 2023. Although he has not played in IPL, the West Bengal pacer has got a chance in the Indian T20I squad.
If not in T20Is, at least in ODIs, we could see Mukesh Kumar make his debut for India. He is in good form and the management might make use of it soon. In the upcoming IPL, if Mukesh works on his variations to become an all-phase bowler, his chances would increase more.
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3) Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar is on the fringes of Team India right now. After a sensational domestic season, Patidar is just a few months away from his international debut.
The Madhya Pradesh lad is a middle-order batter and can also operate at No.3. India needs more reinforcements in these positions and hence, Patidar could get a chance. Patidar might have to continue with his aggressive brand of batsmanship to stay in the eyes of the selectors.
4) Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi is also one of the Indians who could make their debut in 2023. The Maharashtra opener has been with Team India for almost six months but is yet to make his debut.
However, against Sri Lanka, Rahul could finally wear his India cap. India needs batters with intent in the top order. Tripathi has shown that he can do it in the IPL. Hence, if not in ODIs, we might see Tripathi make his debut in T20Is, at least.
5) Yashasvi Jaiswal
India needs aggressive openers and while Ishan Kishan is an option, it would not be a bad idea to start grooming another one. Based on his recent performances, it appears that Yashasvi Jaiswal is ready for the Indian Team.
Even in Tests, it might not be a bad idea to include Jaiswal. Since Shikhar Dhawan, India has not had a regular left-handed opener in Tests. Jaiswal did well for India A recently and could land a chance after the World Test Championship final.
6) Sarfaraz Khan
In two back-to-back Ranji Trophy seasons, Sarfaraz has shown that he is done with the level. Yes, he did have his struggles while playing for India A but the time has arrived to test Sarfaraz in the senior squad.
India might have to look at the future after this cycle of the World Test Championship. In this regard, Sarfaraz could get an opportunity in 2023 in the middle order in Tests.